Regaining the popular vote... By Mubashir
25 February, 2013
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is holding intra-elections in the party, which is being appreciated by many political experts. However, this intra-party election has been going on for the last few months and has hurt the PTI's popularity. PTI Chairman Imran Khan, on numerous occasions, has said that over 10 million people registered for PTI membership and, after verification, 70 million were made registered members of the PTI. On different talk shows he said that party elections would end in this month or that month but that did not happen. Now, there are reports that the elections will be finished within a few days and, on March 23, 2013, 80,000 elected office bearers of the PTI will attend a jalsa at the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore.
These intra-party elections will surely benefit the PTI, and the Imran Khan led party will become stronger. The PTI looks poised to become an intuition after this party election because there will be a system in the party. However, the biggest loss that the PTI has been faced with is that now people are not inclined towards them like they were after the Lahore and Karachi jalsas in 2011. People were looking for change and the PTI became the voice of change but, because of the internal affairs of the party, it has lost the support of the people. If the PTI, in the coming days, holds some big public gathering and can present a dynamic manifesto for the elections then it may be able to regain its popularity.